Montréal Celebrates St. Patrick’s Day in Style

Montréal, 14th March 2010 – Proving that St Patrick’s Day is not just celebrated on this side of the Atlantic, Montréal will play home to its 186th annual St. Patrick’s Parade, the longest-established event of its type in North America.Attracting more than 600,000 on-lookers, 4,000 emerald-clad participants, 40 floats and marching bands, the parade will be led by a giant replica of St. Patrick himself kicking the celebrations off in style.The Parade, founded by prominent Montréalers of Irish heritage, has run consecutively since its inauguration on St. Patrick’s Day in 1824. A time-honoured tradition, it’s far from being just a series of jaw-dropping visual displays – the event is also a celebration of spirit, music and the love of all things Irish.To further celebrate Montréal’s Irish heritage and connections, city visitors can check out the ‘Being Irish O’ Quebec’ exhibit at the McCord Museum, where they can share their own “Irishness” regardless of their actual roots, by adding a message to the exhibition’s digital guest book.So, rather than spending hard-earned cash on copious amounts of obligatory St Patrick’s Day Guinness at a local pub, why not venture further afield this year and see how Montréal’s Irish contingent like to party.For further details or more information on Montréal, please visit the Tourisme Montréal website here if you are looking for a Canada holiday





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